Long lines kick off early voting in Arkansas

Early voting starts final stretch toward Nov. 3 general election

Long lines kick off early voting in Arkansas
People lined up early Monday, Oct. 19, outside the Craighead County Election Annex to cast their ballots in the 2020 general election. (Source: KAIT-TV)

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - Beginning Monday, Oct. 19, Arkansas voters can cast their ballots for the Nov. 3 general election.

In Jonesboro, people lined up outside the Craighead County Election Annex, as well as the Jefferson Annex, to cast their ballots.

Many waited at least an hour to vote.

Salenia Love said the rain was not going to stop her from voting Monday morning.

“I came out to support and bring my mother, to get out early because she is disabled and to get out early to vote,” Love said.

The rain did make Annette Lynn wait until it slacked up, but she also was out Monday morning to make sure he vote was cast and counted.

“I just wanted to get it done and to know that my vote had count,” Lynn said. “I just hope everybody does their part to get out and vote. I think everything is important and it’s our right to do.”

As of 11 a.m., Craighead County Election coordinator Jennifer Clack said nearly 500 votes had been casts at the Jonesboro and Lake City early voting locations.

Greene County also showed long lines when early voting got underway.

Early voting will continue through Nov. 2.

According to the Arkansas Secretary of State’s office, early voting goes from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays during the early voting period.

Both state and local election officials have said voters need to check with their county clerk’s office on specific locations and times.

Arkansas Secretary of State John Thurston said on social media that people can also check their voter registration and polling place, plus look at a sample ballot through Voter View.

People can also visit the Region 8 News Politics Page to learn more about candidates, plus see a list of political races this year.

For a list of local candidates and races, check out our Voter Guide.

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